Hamilton’s generous financial aid commitment includes a promise to meet the full-demonstrated need of its students for all four years. This policy includes international students who applied for aid and demonstrated financial need at the time of admission. Most of our need-based financial aid awards consist of a Hamilton College Scholarship and campus employment, and the budget we use to build awards includes both direct (billable) costs and indirect expenses such as books and travel.
Although Hamilton has one of the most generous international financial aid programs in the U.S., the College is not need-blind in admission for non U.S. citizens. This means that a family’s ability to pay may be a factor in the admission decision for international candidates and, therefore, it is in applicants’ best interest to be honest about the amount their family is able to contribute to a Hamilton education. Failure to do so may jeopardize a student’s chance for admission to Hamilton.
Please note that international students who wish to be considered for financial aid must apply at the time of their application for admission. Hamilton requires the Certification of Finances, available in your applicant portal, for all international applicants, regardless of whether or not you are applying for financial aid. Students applying for financial aid will also need to submit the CSS Profile. Financial Aid applications will not be accepted or considered after admission decisions have been made, and those who do not apply or qualify for financial aid at the point of admission will not be eligible to receive financial aid for any of their four years at Hamilton.
Working While at Hamilton
International students who qualify for financial aid may be eligible for an on-campus job opportunity. Most students limit employment to 10 hours a week. There are a variety of different employment opportunities available on-campus.